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Spacious Studio Apartment With Air Conditioning, Patio and Shared Pool

Bedrooms 1
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

Apartment in Sao Rafael, Nr. Albufeira, Central Algarve - 5 Minutes Walk From 2 Beautiful Beaches

This spacious studio apartment is located just 5 mins walk from 2 beautiful beaches, in the popular, quiet residential area of Sao Rafael. The fully equipped apartment looks onto a large shared pool and separate children's pool. The development has established landscaped gardens with trees and a wide variety of shrubs and flowers. Albufeira Old Town with its many bars and restaurants is just 5 mins drive away with the new marina and harbour even closer (both within walking distance). There are local bars and restaurants, catering for most tastes. A number of good golf courses are within easy reach by car, Salgados Golf Course just 5 mins away.

Heather Bradley-Smith
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

About Heather Bradley-Smith

Hi, I'm Heather and I manage the bookings for our apartment. I always try to respond to any enquiries as soon as I can (even if I am on holiday in Sao Rafael!) I am happy to speak to you in person rather than by email if you prefer, to answer any questions you may have.

I can also make arrangements for your airport transfer if this helps.

I hope you find our apartment of interest for your holiday and look forward to receiving any enquiries.


Heather Bradley-Smith purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Heather Bradley-Smith chose Algarve

We spent ten years holidaying near Albufeira and visited Sao Rafael during one holiday. We fell in love with the fabulous beaches only minutes away. The locals are always very welcoming. It's a quiet and relaxing place to unwind but we know the livelier places around Albufeira are within easy access.

What makes this apartment unique

We offer a comfortable apartment with many additional must haves ie wi-fi connection, hairdryer, cool box; sun brolly and bucket and spade. We feel we have made the apartment more comfortable with the installation of air-conditioning that provides both heating in winter and cooling in the summer months, phew!


Albufeira Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom with shower, sink unit, WC and washing machine.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/4 (Studio) Notes on bedrooms: Lounge/sleeping area with twin beds and sofa bed (which will sleep 1 adult or 2 children). Air conditioning (cool & heat). Built in wardrobe with safe, ironing board and iron.
  • Books
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We would ask that you respect our apartment by not smoking inside. I can arrange airport transfers if required or recommend hire car companies. Outside: Use of beautiful shared swimming pool just paces from the apartment with separate small children's pool. Sun beds available. Pool passes provided during peak season. Landscaped gardens surround the whole complex. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and towels provided. Please take your own beach towels. Weekly laundry change and cleaning can be arranged at an addditional charge if requested. Other: Patio with table and chairs. Hair dryer, cool box, beach umbrella and a small selection of childs toys including bucket and spade!


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Spacious Studio Apartment With Air Conditioning, Patio and Shared Pool
average rating of 4.4444447 based on 9 reviews

Great location!

  • 4 of 5

A really amazing location; convenient and close to a beautiful beach with some ragged rocks. The residential complex is safe and has a good swimming facility. The property has practical and well equipped kitchen and convenient facilities. My constructive comments would be that instructions on how to get to the exact address need to improve as the apartment was difficult to find once in Sao Rafael (landed late at night and GPS wasn't able to locate it); i.e.: opposite a big hotel, etc. Also, if you're a married couple - this is a two single beds accommodation. Otherwise, good memories of an amazing place.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely apartment

  • 5 of 5

Apartment was in a lovely area 10min walk to beautiful beaches large pool area

Apartment was well equipped with everything you need would highly recommend

Our only niggle was trying to get a taxi sometimes having to have a drink in hotel so the could get one for us as you can't flag them down

Heather the owner was very helpful with any questions and our transfers thank you

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

Apartment was perfect, clean and well equipped.Nice outside area. The complex was really nice, very relaxed feel. Good pool. The beaches were just a 5 minute walk and really beautiful. Would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a great little apartment! Spacious, clean and welcoming in a lovely location, walkable to the beach and great beach restaurant. Heather the owner was really helpful and accommodation, great communication. Highly recommended!!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Brilliant location

  • 4 of 5

The property was very clean in a beautiful area of the algarve. Just a short drive away from many places and a walk to the beautiful albufeira marina. Excellent service from the owners who were easily contacted and extremely helpful. The apartments and pool were fantastic very clean and great facilities. Would definitely go back! Thank you

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Just lovely

  • 3 of 5

Perfect location,walking distance to the most wonderful choice of beaches,quite town couple of bars an a shop but 5min drive or 15min walk to marina an old town with countless bars shops etc,property clean an has all that you need,lovely garden to front an nice pool area set behind, an the owners friendly an helpful, definitely recommend

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Praia Grande
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Praia Sao Rafael
Car: not necessary


There are 2 beautiful beaches only 5 mins walk. Both beaches are ideal for families. Gale beach just a 10 mins drive away.


Faro airport 40 mins drive. Easy drive from airport to resort. Car hire recommended but not essential (can be arranged on request). Please contact me for details.


Albufeira Old Town 5 mins drive 30 mins walk. Albufeira Marina 3 mins drive 15/20 mins walk. Salgados Golf 5 mins drive. Zoomarine (dolphins etc) 20 mins drive.

Further Details:

Central Algarve has activities for all ages, with the resort of Sao Rafael ideally situated. Daily boat/fishing trips from Albufeira Marina. Small supermarket within 7 mins walk, larger supermarkets will require a taxi.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $128.73

Booking Notes:
£100 deposit (non-refundable) at time of booking with balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival.

Changeover Day:
I will always try to accommodate arrivals/departures on different days, if this helps with your travel arrangements.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
* Christmas and New Year £250 per week. Long term let considered at discounted rates. Contact for prices.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.